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Why we do not have Getaway Driver season 2 release date

Getaway Driver does not have an official season two release date just yet, but there is still a chance that the show will return to television, very soon.

There are a few television show spin-offs of popular movies that have been able to stand the test of time.

And, while shows like Netflix’s Cobra Kai (a spin-off of The Karate Kid), the Friday Nights Lights television show and even Star Wars: Clone Wars are widely considered even better than their predecessors in many ways, there are also shows like Saved By the Bell: The College Years, The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Baywatch Nights (and plenty more) which fans of the originals prefer not to think about or mention ever again.

Still no update on the Getaway Driver season 2 front

When the Fast and Furious spin-off, Getaway Driver, was announced in 2021, fans did not know which way this foray into television would go for the franchise.

But fortunately, there is nothing quite like some over-engineered hot rods and Michelle Rodriguez’s excellent hosting chops to make a new show an instant hit.

But even though Getaway Driver proved to be quite popular among Fast and Furious fans (and gearheads in general), Warner Bros. Discovery has not renewed this show for a second season yet.

And while we remain cautiously optimistic that the show’s return has just somehow been delayed throughout the last few years – this lack of an official renewal also means that there is not an official release date for Getaway Driver’s second season yet.

All about Getaway Driver’s first season

The first (and so far, only) season of Getaway Driver follows Rodriguez (who is perhaps best known for her role as Letty Ortiz in the original film franchise) as she challenges 24 of America’s best drivers to put their own cars on the line in a real-life high-speed chase.

The first season of Getaway Driver aired on Discovery Channel and its layout is as follows:

Episode Initial air date
1.     “Crash and Burn” July 19, 2021
2.     “Electric Shock” July 26, 2021
3.     “Out for Blood” August 2, 2021
4.     “The Smashed and The Furious” August 9, 2021
5.     “Road Rush” August 16, 2021
6.     “Wet and Wild” August 23, 2021
7.     “Rage Against the Machine” August 30, 2021
8.     “All Wheel Destruction” September 6, 2021

What are the chances that Getaway Driver will be renewed now?

The longer Getaway Driver goes without any news about a renewal, the bleaker the show’s future is looking. But that does not necessarily mean that all hope is lost for season two of Getaway Driver.

Getaway Driver had a very strong first season, and managed to bring in up to 414,000 viewers per episode.

To put this into perspective, the other new Discovery show, which was airing around this time, Monster Garage, only brought in about 300,000 viewers per episode.

And Street Outlaws: Memphis is the only other Discovery show which made it into the top 100 cable shows while Getaway Driver was airing its first season.

This certainly makes Getaway Driver well-primed for a renewal as far as ratings are concerned.

What is holding up the process?

While fair ratings and viewership numbers are usually a pretty good indicator of whether or not a show will be renewed, things are not always that simple in the complicated world of television production.

Moreover, there are a few different factors that may be contributing to the delay in getting Getaway Driver renewed for a second season.

Adam Vetri (the Getaway Driver showrunner) has shared that they initially had trouble finding the right location and finding drivers who were willing to put their prized cars and reputations on the line for the show.

And the ongoing Warner Bro. Discovery merger has certainly left quite a few new shows on ice, for the time being.

So, there are many things that could explain why we have not seen Getaway Driver return for a second season, despite the show’s excellent ratings.

Will Michelle Rodriguez return to host the second season?

According to what Vetri told Deadline in 2022, Rodriguez “loved” the Getaway Driver concept from the get-go.

And, while it seems like Rodriguez has been very busy in the last couple of months exploring what it is like to be a producer and creator on her very own film – it seems like she will be more than excited to return for another season of high-stakes, high-speed fun.

Rodriguez’s Getaway Driver co-host, Wyatt Knox, has also been dusting off his all-terrain racing skills during the off-season, which means that he will likely be ready to go if the show ever returns to television for a second season.